Twittering toilet

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We wouldn’t want to let a week slip by without something new being made to twitter would we?  This time it is a toilet. Don’t worry, they are sparing us the graphic details, it pretty much tweets every time it is flushed. As you can see in the picture above, they’re using an Arduino for the toilet/PC connection. If you really want to make something twitter, this might be a good starting point. It’s basically twittering every time a button is pushed. You can download the source code on the site as well as find a tutorial on Arduino basics.

[via astera]

Comments

  1. Hackius says:

    I await the twittering condom

  2. ehrichweiss says:

    Well seeing as how half my “friends” twitter every time they fart or use the bathroom, this seems pretty fitting. I will probably make a ton of money building these for them. glad I don’t use twitter.

  3. DisillusionedDave says:

    @I await the twittering condom
    Why? So it can remind you that you still haven’t gotten laid? LOL.

  4. anon says:
  5. Matt says:

    heh, the twitter shitter

  6. jesus in techicolour says:

    I think this sums up twitter pretty well

  7. Mouserz says:

    A bit ago when some blog posted about a twitter chair that tweets farts, I was just saying that I sure hoped nobody made a tweeting toilet.

  8. Matt Joyce says:

    I was expecting better comments with fodder like this.

  9. mike says:

    the twitterings toilet does sum up twitter pretty well. twitter is just a fad it will pass, its like the saying “all that and a bag of chips”, in a year or so everyone will realize how dorky it was.

  10. cynic says:

    Ok, so it could be useful to keep tabs on how much water you’re wasting. I am, surprisingly, not doubting the usefulness of the combination. Just the usefulness of using an arduino.

    If it’s hooked up to a PC anyway, why not just have the whole program on the pc, watching for the button-push on a, for example, serial port?

  11. martin says:

    So if this toilet were in Europe you could have a different message depending on which button was pushed.. the “big” button or the “small” one..

  12. Let me be the first to say that this is _way_ to much information. Seriously, __HOW__ is this practical?

  13. Wait a tick. You can customize the message it sends out. This is Virtual Grafiti.

    So now instead of scribbling on the bathroom wall and you make a witty 140 char posting and submit it with a flush. Ingenious.

    See you gotta read the article.

  14. pragma says:

    Honestly, after the twittering toaster, dryer, electrical socket, and office chair, I was kind of expecting this. It was only a matter of time.

  15. Jam says:

    The obvious evolution of this project is to add a webcam for auto updates to both twitpic and http://www.ratemypoo.com.

  16. BigD145 says:

    “i’m pooping now.”

    Was that under the character limit or do I have space to be more specific?

  17. Paul says:

    Honestly, who on earth would ever want somebody to know what they’re doing every second of the day, including every second spent in the bathroom?

    The big question is: who wants to know what you do in the bathroom?

    Like a joke that has been taken to far, twitter’s gotta stop.

  18. blizzarddemon says:

    Okay this has just past the point of ridiculousness….

    lol twitter shitter

  19. malungo says:

    Nice.

    Sounds a little like Shit Happens project:

    http://laboratorio.us/projects/shithappens/

  20. bryan says:

    Or better yet, twitter the Steampunk Vibrator

  21. Dan Fruzzetti says:

    A better experiment would be to electronically control the flush from a client watching for the toilet twitter to show up on the user’s twitter page.

    then users would always get a first-hand, very tangible picture of what the current internet lag was like to the location…

  22. rasz says:

    It seriously needs a camera triggered by the flush

  23. ellisgl says:

    Add RFID to identify the person.
    Add a pressure sensor to check if they sat down.
    Add the gas sensor and find out if they did #1 or #2.
    If it’s #2, you could have a web cam trigger after the person gets up and takes a picture and sends it to ratemypoo.com

    How would you detect if they just flushed something down the toilet?

    How about that toilet that could diagnose things?
    Hell, lets get a toilet that breaks everything down to figure out everything you ate, drank, smoked, etc..

  24. punmaster says:

    I will not go into another one of my signature rants about how much twitter blows, because I’m sure you’ve all heard it by now. But seriously. Every time something like this gets posted — which sadly happens almost every week, if not more — I loose a little more of my sliver of remaining hope for the fate of humanity. All I can say is that I really, really hope this pitiful fad ends very soon. For the sake of everyone.

  25. iduno says:

    just needs a methane sensor, then it can tell how smelly it was

  26. Simon says:

    Needs some sort of spark ignitor in the bowl!

    Suprise!!!!!!!

  27. darkpoet says:

    …does anybody remember 1996 (or earlier?) One of the first live webcams installed in a stall of the ladies bathroom on floor x of the Empire State Building… and how many ladies do you think worked in that IT company? I don’t think I saw anyone except the cleaning lady…

    Aren’t most technological experiments of dubiously useful nature?

  28. PocketBrain says:

    Where’s the obligatory Penny Arcade link?

  29. mw says:

    This needs to be tied in to a weight sensor. Everyone wants to twitter the mass of their bowel movement!

  30. kyle007 says:

    they should twitter or tweet when someone doesnt wash their hands… people get quite cozy at the office… rucky “Try the duck, it is most succulent!”

  31. mic says:

    Hmmm that would be a nasty thing to find out.

  32. James says:

    So… does it record a log-file, and if something goes wrong does it dump core?

    Yes, those are crap jokes and I have nothing of use to add really. Just like most Twitter entries :)

    I am actually curious why they have ethernet in their bathroom though.

  33. brian says:

    James, they have ethernet in their bathroom for the laser-cutter control computer. Obviously.

  34. Robo says:
  35. J says:

    Actually, “I just pooped” Would be more accurate anyway.

  36. Hirudinea says:

    Well I used to think that there was nothing hackers did that was totally useless to anyone, I stand (sit) corrected.

  37. Edd says:

    Arg! Give up with the stupid twitter stuff already!

  38. Jack says:

    OK if i were to expand on this it would have to twitter as follows

    Captains Log:
    (Date)
    (Time)
    (Name)
    (Number[1/2])
    (Duration)
    (Flushed?)
    (Washed?)

    we could have a weekly competion to see how much time each of us spent on the crapper

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